Women in Waste Management Networking Event

World Urban Forum Networking Event

Women in Waste Management – An Opportunity

WUF 9 Networking Event
Saturday, 10 February, 3:00-5:00 PM
Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, Room 404

Please join us for a panel and networking event during the 2018 World Urban Forum (WUF) in Kuala Lumpur.

Women in Asia play a central role in environmental management, yet their work in the sector is often unpaid or underpaid. Meet with experts and learn about some of the key constraints women are facing in the solid waste management sector, what models are working, what metrics donors are using to measure empowerment, and how grant-making under the USAID-funded Municipal Waste Recycling Program is helping to empower women in solid waste management.

For more information on this topic, please check out the UrbanLinks Webinar on Women in Waste Management.

Clare Romanik is a Senior Urban Specialist with USAID’s Office of Land and Urban.  Her work focuses on Asia – as the Contracting Officer Representative for the Municipal Waste Recycling Program – and Africa where she has conducted Urban Assessments for Ethiopia and Uganda and manages urban resilience work in South Africa and Madagascar.  Prior to joining USAID, Clare was a Local Governance Policy Specialist with UNDP, advising 22 Country Offices.  She also worked for The Urban Institute for 16 years, including as Chief of Party for USAID’s Decentralization and Local Government Program in Kyrgyzstan. Over her career, she has provided policy advice and managed development programs related to public finance, economic development, service delivery, land management, citizen participation and decentralization.  Clare holds a Master in Public Affairs with a focus on Economics and Public Policy from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Nguyen Ngoc Ly, a Vietnamese citizen, is the Founder and Director of the Center for Environment and Community Research (CECR). She has conducted research on the role of women in environmental protection and co-published “Assessing Women’s Engagement in Environmental Impact Assessments on Infrastructure Projects in Vietnam” and the “Manual on Women’s Participation in Environmental Impact Assessment”. She was the Head of the Sustainable Development Cluster at United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Vietnam for 10 years (from 1998 to 2008). Prior to that, she worked at the World Bank in Washington, DC, USA, and was a lecturer at the Hanoi School of Environmental Sciences. She holds a Master’s degree in MPA from Harvard Kennedy University; a Master of Science in Information and Library Studies – University of Maryland USA; Master of Environmental Technology, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. Prior to that, she graduated from the Czech University of Technology, Czechoslovakia.
Dr. Vella Atienza, a Philippine citizen, currently serves as an Assistant Professor at the College of Public Affairs and Development (CPAf), University of the Philippines at Los Banos (UPLB). She has been actively involved in the field of solid waste management for approximately 17 years, and has authored various scientific publications on environmental governance, the informal sector in waste management, as well as domestic and international trading of recyclables, among others. Previously, she worked as a Research Fellow at the Institute of Developing Economies-Japan External Trade Organization (IDE-JETRO) where she served as a member of the ERIA (Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia)’s 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) Working Group under the project entitled, “3R Policies for Southeast and East Asia.” Dr. Atienza is a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Asia Pacific Studies from the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Beppu, Japan. She is an acting member of the Drafting Committee for the “State of 3Rs in Asia and the Pacific.
Johann Tranchell, a Sri Lanka citizen, is a Board Member and the Director for Sales and Marketing for the Polydime Group, one of the largest producers of film-based plastics in Sri Lanka. He has 30 years of experience in sales, marketing, and business management and has presented at many local and overseas forums on promoting recycled plastics. As an equal opportunity employer, Polydime’s employment model has grown to include female involvement across the organization’s structure, particularly in waste processing, where women make up a majority of the staff. Johann holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Wales in the UK.

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